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Face your pockets - everyone scans their face and what they have in their pockets as a n introductory lesson for getting to know one another.

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Students create miniature self portraits at the beginning of the school year, adhere them on canvas, art for the classroom which can be auctioned off at the end of the school year.

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Teaching Self-Portraits: proportion vs. tracing face shapes. For grades 1-4 teach proportion. For grades 5-8 begin by having students trace a picture of themselves onto transparency using vis-a-vis marker. Students tape transparency into sketchbook for shape reference. For grades 9-12 teach both methods and introduce modeling/value

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Use this fun handout to get to know your students! This activity is probably geared towards upper elementary but can be used with all students. Kids can draw a self portrait or include a photograph.

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from My Modern Met

Chuck Close's Unbelievable Fingerpainting Portrait

Chuck Close's Unbelievable Fingerpainting Portrait - motivation for fingerpainting self portrait

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